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Divernan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 05:50 AM
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NY Times: Pennsylvania concerns inspiring Texans to protest fracking.
NY TIMES: Pennsylvania concerns inspiring Texans to protest fracking. Updated at 5:55 AM

Let's make an effort to cross post &/or rec our local PA news stories on fracking up to 5 & get the word out to the rest of DU's members and readers. This is a problem in approximately 30 states & we need to support a national awareness of this fracking rape of our state's environment and the health of our citizens.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/24/us/24ttnaturalgas.htm ...

"FORT WORTH Texans pride themselves on being the heart of the nations oil and gas business. But even here, public concern about natural gas drilling is growing.

On Wednesday, several dozen protesters marched through downtown Fort Worth, waving signs and chanting anti-drilling slogans that reflected concern over air and water pollution.

The protest, organized by the group Rising Tide North Texas, is the latest sign of a backlash against drilling in Texas. Yard signs saying Get the Frack Out of Here and Protect Our Kids/No Drilling have appeared in some yards in Southlake, a Dallas suburb. A few communities have declared a temporary moratorium on drilling permits, and Dallas set up a task force last week to examine drilling regulations within its city limits.

Analysts say the discontent appears to be partly inspired by highly publicized concerns in Pennsylvania, a state unaccustomed to drilling and where fracking has recently increased. The federal government is also raising concerns: the Environmental Protection Agency is beginning a study about the methods effect on groundwater, and a report for Congressional Democrats released last week detailed the quantity of chemicals that gas companies are putting into the ground."
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ejpoeta Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 05:55 AM
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1. good. knowing about it is key. a lot of folks who are approached for
lease rights don't know anything about it and believe what these scheisters tell them. they see those dollar signs and don't ask too many questions. Five minutes into that gasland movie my husband said, hell no! never here!! Right now there is a moratorium in NY where I live and I hope it stays!! I don't care how much friggin natural gas there is here.... how much is your health worth.... clean drinking water.... People like to say we are destroying the earth..... no we aren't. the earth will still be here when we're gone. It will grow and thrive. we are just destroying ourselves.
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safeinOhio Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 06:06 AM
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2. The "rust belt", at least has
lots of water. You can't drink oil.
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DCKit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 06:46 AM
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3. You can't drink water laced with toxic, cancer-causing chemicals or heavy metals, either.
They're pumping this crap into the ground by the millions of gallons PER well. At that rate, it won't take long until none of our water is safe to drink.
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Divernan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 09:57 AM
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6. Rent or buy the award winning documentary, "Gasland"
and then check to see what chemicals are being tested for, and how frequently, by your water authorities in Ohio. The Ohio River is fed by Pennsylvania rivers which are either directly dumped into, or fed by streams and water tables containing toxic fracking chemicals.

Toxic chemicals, like shit, runs downstream. Ohio has long been known as "Cancer Alley" by epidemiologists. Google "cancer alley" and Ohio and you'll see the details. I learned about this when my older brother, who lived in Cincinnati, developed brain cancer. Apparently the decades of high industrial activity with lots of coke ovens, along the Ohio River Valley, where said valley trapped the air pollutants, is to blame. And yes, I know people get brain cancer in all the other states too, but Ohioans have 3 times the cancer risk, according to EPA/2009.

So the last thing your state, or any state needs is fracking water/toxic chemicals. If you watch Gasland (awarded best documentary at the Sundance Film Festival, and nominated for an Oscar), you'll see it's not just the water which is polluted, but the air as well. Property values are destroyed - I guess the people who sell out to the oil and gas industry think they can afford to move somewhere else with their blood money and just abandon their properties. But their neighbors are unable to sell - banks won't give mortgages even if you could find a buyer, and their communities are left devastated.

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Marblehead Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 07:31 AM
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4. the only thing that will stop this
is if the citizen get active. Chesapeake gas just had a blowout here in PA, they dumped millions of gallon of chemicals(fracking fluid) into a river that runs into the Susquehanna river. We will never know the extent of the damage.
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Divernan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 09:40 AM
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5. And PA's Dept. of Environ. "Protection" referred to the spill as "fresh water"
Water loaded with brine and 78 or more toxic chemicals is FRESH!?!?! Shows you how PA's new GOP governor Corbett has gutted the state environmental regulatory & enforcement agency.
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